Hi I'm Gillian (Harris not Gladrag.) I have owned and run Gilliangladrag since 2001. I'm the Creative Director, buyer and teacher of all the Felting Courses (+ now dyeing courses and punch needle courses) in our studio. I've had the shop since 2010, and with my ever growing FABULOUS team of Elves and Teachers, we are TEAM FLUFF.
Before 2010 I ran the business mostly on my own from my garden studio. And it's a lot less lonely now. :-)
I have been a textile artist for over 20 years. Before that I was a graphic designer working in TV. I am the author of 'Complete Feltmaking'; 'Carnival of Felting', 'Felting Fabulous Flowers' and 'Easy Stuff to make with Fluff'. I also design all of our Felting Kits too, plus our Gilliangladrag merchandise, which we sell online and in store, alongside signed copies of my books. I once taught Joey Essex to make felt on Channel 4's 'Sunday Brunch'. Hells Bells that was FUNNY I can tell you!
Situated in the lovely market town of Dorking in Surrey "The Gilliangladrag Fluff-a-torium" is just 1 hour south of London. This is our shop (& studio upstairs) brimming over with fluffy delights. We are open 7 days a week and only close on bank holidays.
We specialise in Felting, Knitting, Crochet, Weaving, Embroidery, Stitching, Spinning, Sewing and other textile crafts including Punch Needle. We stock our full range of Gilliangladrag kits, knitting needles and crochet hooks, plus a wide range of Wool Tops for Felting & Spinning, Yarns, Fibres, Knitting and Crochet patterns, Books, Ribbons, Trimmings, Buttons, Fabrics, Kits, Tools, Haberdashery, Gifts and much more besides. We are always happy to help and have a fabulous team of amazing staff who will try and fulfil your fluffy dreams...
Above our lovely shop is the equally inspiring bright and colourful Gilliangladrag Fluff-a-torium Studio, where we hold creative courses and workshops in Felting, Knitting, Crochet, Spinning, Sewing, Embroidery, Macrame, Weaving, Dyeing +more!
It is also home to our regular Knit and Knatter Groups and where the Guerilla Knitters allegedly dream up their famous Dorking yarnbombs. (Obviously if the local constable is reading this then I know nothing and that's just a rumour.)
If you'd like to join in : Knit & Knatter Sessions are: Every Friday 10.30am -12.30pm & 1-3pm & the first Wednesday eve of each month 7-9pm (£3.50)
These days we are followed on social media and kindly patronised by marvellous folk from all over the world! So if you live a long way away and weirdly can't persuade your other half to holiday in Dorking this year, then you'll be delighted to know that we do ship WORLDWIDE. Plus I have now filmed online courses that you can take from the comfort of your own home.
Enjoy browsing our website and I hope you find some inspirational fluffy delights that you love xx :-)